“If these patents are not invalidated, the industry will be faced with a reduction in competition that will likely lead to higher pricing and stymie development of new technologies," said Aerialogics' CEO, Sean Green
Nashua, NH (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
On Friday, July 6, 2012, Aerialogics, LLC, an aerial measurement technology company, filed its answer and counterclaims in response to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it in May 2012 by Eagle View Technologies, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle, case No. 2:12-cv-00618-RAJ. The Eagle View lawsuit alleges Aerialogics has infringed on three Eagle View patents that purport to cover systems and methods for measuring the dimensions of a roof using aerial photographs.
The two companies provide aerial roof measurement reports to the insurance and roofing markets.
Aerialogics' answer and counterclaims allege that Eagle View’s patents are invalid. As alleged in court documents, Seattle WA District Court No. 2:12-cv-00618-RAJ, Aerialogics believes patent examiners with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) failed to perform an adequate 'prior art' search in the course of granting Eagle View its patents. Through a comprehensive validity search of prior art in the field of "photogrammetry"--a technology dating back to the mid nineteenth century that is used to identify the geometric properties of objects from photographs--Aerialogics intends to prove the invalidity of Eagle View's patents on the grounds that they supposedly lack “novelty” (that is, do not constitute "new inventions"), or are obvious in light of previous inventions.
The aerial roof measurement business is still very much in its infancy. The industry predicts 30% to 40% growth from 2012 through 2013 and some say the market could reach as much as $300M by 2016--clearly the parties recognize the potential. Along with growth in the aerial measurement market, technological developments continue to drive advances in production automation and speed, promising to reduce labor costs and ultimately pricing.
Aerialogics vows to fight Eagle View’s lawsuit and persevere through what they believe to be a David and Goliath battle. “We believe that it is our civic duty to defend the claims in this case and in doing so, the entire industry will benefit…If these patents are not invalidated, the industry will be faced with a reduction in competition that will likely lead to higher pricing and stymie development of new technologies," said Aerialogics' CEO, Sean Green.
"Aerialogics is getting support from both inside and outside of the industry who have a business interest in not seeing a monopolization of aerial measurement technology—a technology that saves money and time for its users,” related Green. "Innovation is best for the consumers of aerial roof measurement reports... and innovation requires a level playing field that fosters fair trade, healthy competition, and the freedom to employ known technologies in the public domain, in order to prosper," added Mr. Green.
Aerialogics, LLC, headquartered in Nashua, NH, is an aerial measurement technology company with expertise in converting aerial images of property into accurate, diagrammed measurements that enable roofing and insurance professionals to lower costs and improve productivity when estimating building projects. To learn more about Aerialogics and its services, please visit: http://www.aerialogics.com, or call toll-free, 877-623-7425.